Georgia man throws dog off interstate exit ramp, causing its death, police say

Michael Copeland was arrested on a felony animal cruelty charge, according to the DeKalb County Police Department
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Michael Copeland was arrested on a felony animal cruelty charge, according to the DeKalb County Police Department

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department

A man threw a small dog off an I-20 East exit ramp in suburban Atlanta on Wednesday, and the animal later died as a result of its injuries, police said.

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Several witnesses observed the man, identified as 48-year-old Michael Copeland, pick up the dog and toss it on the highway near Wesley Chapel Road, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said in a statement.

He was taken into custody on the scene on a charge of animal cruelty and is being held in the DeKalb County Jail, according to police.

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